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Ontario Arts Council


Renee Lottridge

Interim Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7440

Final Report Forms

To report on a project grant received through a paper application process, email finalreport@arts.on.ca to request a final report form, indicating the program for which you are submitting a report.

To report on a project grant you applied for in Nova, complete and submit the report in Nova.

Literary Creation Projects (Works for Performance)

DELAYED RESULTS: We are experiencing a delay in the process for the Literary Creation Projects program (October 19, 2017 deadline). The adjusted timeline for this program deadline means that the grant results will be communicated to applicants by April 15, 2018. We regret any difficulties that this delay is causing applicants.



The program supports Ontario-based literary artists with their living expenses while they complete new works for book-length publication or for public performance, and literary performers who wish to record their own repertoire. There are two components:

Deadline Dates

October 25, 2018, 1 p.m. ET
  • Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately four months after the deadline.

Grant amount(s)

  • Creation of literary works for performance: $5,000
  • Recording of literary works that are created for performance: up to $10,000
  • Creation and recording of literary works for performance: up to $15,000

Important: Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded in the second and third categories may be smaller than the amount requested.

Recent changes

  • Deadlines have changed.
  • There is a separate deadline for applications for creation of literary works for publication.
  • There are now three application categories. Artists may apply to create new work, record their work or do both in a single project.
  • Applicants to this deadline will answer OAC’s application questions for activity projects. Applications for creation only will be assessed on artistic merit and impact, while applications with a recording component will be assessed on artistic merit, impact and viability.

Eligible applicants

You must be an Ontario resident with a permanent physical address in Ontario and have a recent professional history with a history of public performance in dub, sound or performance poetry, storytelling, ASL poetry or other performance literature forms.

Applicants whose professional publishing history makes them eligible to apply to Literary Creation Projects: Works for Publication may also apply if they have an eligible project.

Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.

Ineligible applicants

  • student or academic publications, including scholarly monographs and articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals, may not be used to establish eligibility
  • work that you have done as part of your employment may not be used to establish eligibility, unless you are a professional journalist or a professional writer of narrative content or visual artist/illustrator for the comics, film, television or interactive digital media sectors

This program funds

  • performance literatures include but are not limited to spoken word, storytelling, sound poetry, dub poetry and American Sign Language (ASL) literature
  • creation projects fund artists’ expenses when creating new work. In most cases this happens while an artist takes time away from other kinds of paying work to develop a project. Expenses can include travel and other personal expenses incurred while researching a new work
  • recording projects fund studio time for recording projects, fees for supporting artists and recording professionals, manufacturing physical media (maximum of 1,000 copies), and initial setup fees for digital distribution, marketing and publicity

This program does not fund

  • writing for film, radio, television, theatre, or interactive digital media.
  • manuscript evaluation
  • editorial services
  • publication expenses
  • expenses incurred after the publication of a completed work
  • works in languages other than English. Projects in French are funded by the Littérature – projets francophones program, and works in Indigenous languages are funded by Indigenous Arts Projects
  • creation of audiobooks, documentary recordings of writers performing work originally created for publication, and other types of recording of literature not created in the context of a tradition of literary performance
  • Works in other ineligible genres, as listed below under “Program-specific definitions.” 

Activity timing

The activities for which you are requesting funding:

  • cannot finish before you receive your grant results
  • the writing period funded by a grant must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results. You may continue to work on your funded manuscript after this date, but your grant must be fully spent by this time.

Important: You are not eligible to apply if you have an overdue or unapproved final report in any OAC grant program as of the deadline. If you are unsure of the due date or status of any final reports, please contact OAC.

Final report requirements

If you receive a grant you must submit a final report upon completion of the project. See Terms and conditions – receipt of OAC project grant funds for more information on reporting obligations.

Important: To report on a project grant received through a paper application process, email finalreport@arts.on.ca to request a final report form, indicating the program for which you are submitting a report. To report on a project grant you applied for in Nova, complete and submit the report in Nova.

Final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:

  • description of the project undertaken and its outcomes, including details on any minor or approved changes to what had been outlined in the application
  • final budget

  • documentation and/or an explanation of how you acknowledged or will acknowledge OAC support for your project. This should include samples of OAC logo recognition on any promotional or other materials produced in conjunction with the project, such as publications, brochures, posters, invitations, websites, or videos/films. This could also include a description of verbal acknowledgement at public events or the intention to include OAC acknowledgement in associated future activities/materials
  • written, audio, video samples of the work created (video, audio, PDF files, or web links accepted)

To apply

Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. You will be able to do this approximately two months before the deadline.

Before applying you must:

Your application includes:

  • basic information about your project
  • your answers to application questions
  • artistic examples:
    • two audio or video recordings of you performing your recent work (maximum of five minutes total). Longer files may be uploaded, but if you do this please note appropriate cue points from which jurors may view or listen to five minutes of material. An optional transcript of the work featured in the audiovisual sample may be uploaded, formatted to the same specifications for poetry or prose
  • support documents:
    • a history of your performed literary work. You may also note key works in other areas of your artistic practice.

Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.

For information on how assessors rate applications see the Evaluation Rubric – Creation Projects.

For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.

Program-specific definitions

The following types of work are not eligible:

  • children’s picture books
  • projects for which the author and/or illustrator do not own the intellectual property rights to their characters and/or narrative
  • commissioned adaptations of works in other media
  • play, film, broadcast, or interactive digital media scripts
  • books that are part of educational or academic programs
  • books that are to be ghost-written or for which the author is to be uncredited (including books where the applicant will not be identified as the author under their own name or a pseudonym that they use only for their own work)
  • activity books, directories, index compilations, bibliographies with minimal critical content, travel guidebooks, instruction or self-help books, manuals, cookbooks, exhibition catalogues
  • commissioned industrial or business histories, or commissioned biographies
  • professional reference books aimed at a specialized audience
  • calendars, daybooks, agendas or almanacs or other books with minimal written content, except as provided for in comic arts eligibility criteria
  • books written primarily for an educational or scholarly market
  • manuscripts that are intended for publication in books that will include other authors as well (such as fiction anthologies)